Leaders travel to China to recruit international business

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's business and civic leaders are half a world away, working to recruit international businesses in China.

Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, high-ranking state Sen. Don Balfour and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson have joined Chamber leaders on the nine-day trip, which includes representing the United States in the 10th annual Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair.

"Business recruitment on a global level - is vital to maintaining Georgia's competitive edge," Balfour said. "The delegation's top priorities are to build relationships with Chinese business leaders and create economic ties that will strengthen our community as a market for global trade and commerce."

With appointments set with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and HSBC Bank, officials hope to make inroads for a community already home to 580 international businesses. The highlight is the Chongqing fair, officials said.

"This Global Business Recruitment Mission provides a unique and dynamic opportunity to affordably meet representatives from over 30 countries at one single event," Nash said. "This mission is sowing seeds for future direct foreign investment that will ultimately lead to more jobs in Gwinnett."

In addition to Chamber Vice President Nick Masino, local China experts Stella Xu of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Matt Blitz of the U.S.-China Cultural Exchange and local businessman Monty Chiu.

"International trade bolsters connections for leads and opportunities that position Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta as the best entry point for expanding business in the U.S.," said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber. "This mission through access to countries and companies from around the world will afford us these opportunities and further lead to job growth and wealth creation the holistic purpose of the community's Partnership Gwinnett initiative."

Later this month, representatives from Chongqing plan to reciprocate the visit, the release said.


HonestIngine 3 years, 4 months ago

Boy is this a waste of Taxpayers money or what? We have enough International business right here in Gwinnett to go around the entire state of Georgia. Balfour's comments is a way of saying, "Hey, Taxpayers, Citizens, I'm going to China on your hard earned dollars" Balfour and Nash should spend some time at Duluth, and they can drum up enough International business there, to put tennants back in the Mall. Travel over 3,000 miles, For What? Import inferior products and junk from China? Why not stay in the United States and promote businesses here? What a novel Idea, oh, I forgot you would be employing American labor, stimulating the economy... Know why gas prices are so high? China's use has had an effect on the Global market. I'm really over all the leaders in this county, spending money, they say we don;t have, then going on trips to China... Sorry thanks for the vent....


BuzzG 3 years, 4 months ago

Republicans can be just as big spenders as Democrats. They just want a chance to get their snouts up to the trough and gets some slop. Bend over taxpayers.


Cleanupguy 3 years, 4 months ago

Bannister and the Chamber Boys used to take these same regular vacations - errrr, I mean junkets to China, promising all sorts of wonderful neat stuff - new businesses, jobs, etc. Am I missing something, or have these netted zero, nada, bupkiss thus far?


Mack711 3 years, 4 months ago

You said it right the first time 'regular vacations'. We have yet to see anything from the Chinese. We have business struggling here in Gwinnett. They need to stay home and help us here and forget about these 'vacations' to China.


glenn_s 3 years, 4 months ago

If Nash was so interested in economic development, why did she let the entire county economic development staff walk out the door with absolutely no attempt to keep them? Nor has she made any attempt to replace them. Guess economic development really isn't that important. The County gives hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars to the Chamber every year, and no one at the County is actively engaged in the process. But hey, trips to China are fun.


WantingFacts 3 years, 4 months ago

Because the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has received millions of taxpayer dollars for economic development, why don’t they provide us with details of the economic impact in Gwinnett County that has resulted from their trips to China? Don't taxpayers have a right to know?


Cleanupguy 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, sure they do! Take the stadium deal for example – a grand jury was convened to ensure that all was done on the up-and-up. Luckily, an individual from the Chamber of Commerce that had helped to put the deal together was kind enough to serve as the co-foreperson. What’s not to trust?


dentaldawg83 3 years, 4 months ago

So, with Nash, nothing's changed. Same ol cronyism,, same ol taxpayer dollars wasted..


Oliver 3 years, 4 months ago

While I hate seeing my hard-earned money spent to so that these government employees can go international vacations, while they're out of the country they're not here passing laws and approving projects which only further restrict my liberty and screw up my life. Is there some way I can get them to stay there for a longer period of time, say 3-5 years?


R 3 years, 4 months ago

Divert the plane to NORTH Korea perhaps?


news2me 3 years, 4 months ago

Obvious taxpayer - paid vacation.


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